What does it mean to be living as ALICE?
ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents those individuals and families who are working but still struggling to make ends meet.
Your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk... anyone can be living under the ALICE threshold. These hard-working households cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill or global pandemic can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
HOW IS THE ALICE REPORT RELEVANT TODAY?
Kevin is a cancer survivor and extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. As a result, he had to stop working in March. Kevin’s job is commission-based and therefore has not been earning an income. He’s exhausted all his personal savings and assets to keep a roof over his head- His Economic Impact
Isabel has recently been the victim of computer error that has left her in financial crisis. When she sold her previous vehicle, the loan records weren’t updated correctly. The new owner has lapsed in his car payments – which are incorrectly made in her name. As a result, Isabel’s wages
When Covid-19 hit, the number of clients Chris’ company recieved dropped significantly. As a result, his work hours were severely cut. Chris was able to collect some unemployment benefits. With that, he and his wife made just barely enough to take care of their basic household expenses. Everything changed when
ALICE REPORT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
Twenty One Local United Ways from throughout the state of Virginia have come together to produce the Virginia ALICE Report; along with the generous financial backing from sponsors Compare.com and partners Virginia Community Colleges System, Atlantic Union Bank, and Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.